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Western State Hospital Internship Program

Overview

The internship year is September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015, during which interns are expected to complete three four-month rotations. Rotation sites at Western State Hospital include the Center for Forensic Services (Inpatient and/or Community), Psychiatric Treatment and Recovery Center (PTRC), and Neuropsychology. Additional rotation sites include Child Study and Treatment Center and the Special Commitment Center (required rotation). The rotation selection is intended to balance individual intern interests and training needs. Opportunities may be available for year-long provision of supervised individual and group psychotherapy.

The internship program follows a practitioner-scholar model. Interns participate in a theoretical and professional issues seminar series and in a 12-session series addressing criminal forensic psychology issues. This latter series is presented by the Washington Institute for Mental Illness Training and Research.


Positions

The internship year is September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015, during which interns are expected to complete three four-month rotations. Rotation sites at Western State Hospital include the Center for Forensic Services (Inpatient and/or Community), Psychiatric Treatment and Recovery Center (PTRC), and Neuropsychology. Additional rotation sites include Child Study and Treatment Center and the Special Commitment Center (required rotation). The rotation selection is intended to balance individual intern interests and training needs. Opportunities may be available for year-long provision of supervised individual and group psychotherapy.

The internship program follows a practitioner-scholar model. Interns participate in a theoretical and professional issues seminar series and in a 12-session series addressing criminal forensic psychology issues. This latter series is presented by the Washington Institute for Mental Illness Training and Research.


Applications

All applications must be submitted to the Association of Psychology Post-Doctural and Internship Centers (APPIC) online. Applications should include:
1) AAPI application form
2) Your current Curriculum Vitae;
3) Your graduate transcript;
4) Three letters of reference;
5) One psychological evaluation.


Important Dates

WSH participates in the APPIC match program. For important dates regarding the match, please visit The APPIC website.

WSH Application Deadline: November 15, 2013

WSH Open House: January 8, 2014

For more detailed information regarding the WSH Pre-Doctoral Internship, please view or download our comprehensive Internship Brochure.



The Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training sponsors a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology (as well as psychiatry) in conjunction with WSH and the University of Washington Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. This is a one-year fellowship.

For more information, please visit the Washington Institute.

WSH and the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training sponsor a weekly seminar in forensic psychology. This seminar is a 36-week series, divided into three main topics:

The seminar is free and open to the public. It takes place on the WSH campus in the auditorium on Fridays from 1-4pm (map).

For additional information, please contact Barry Ward, Psy.D. 253-756-2804.

Information regarding psychology training opportunities for graduate students. Openings are available for practicum students seeking volunteer activities, such as assessment, therapy or research.  Formal practicum experience may be pursued by graduate students,

In addition to unpaid experiences, the hospital offers two training experiences that provide payment to students. In cooperation with the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island and the Child Study and Treatment Center, the hospital offers an American Psychiatric Association-accredited pre-doctoral internship program. Four pre-doctoral interns are selected annually. The hospital also provides in cooperation with the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training, a post-doctoral fellowship in forensic psychology. One post-doctoral fellow is selected annually.